Blackboard Getting Started Instructors

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Blackboard Online Self-Paced, Non-Facilitated Courses

Welcome to the Online Blackboard Course Series offered through the Centre for Teaching and Learning. Working through the course(s) should help familiarize you with the possibilities available with Blackboard Learn!

Please read prior to entering the course to ensure a successful experience.

Logging in to Blackboard

The Blackboard login link is

Navigating the Online Non-Facilitated Courses from Blackboard

  1. Courses will be listed with a course code and title, for example GS-O-W15-03-15: Getting Started with Blackboard (click the Courses available with online training thumbnail image to expand).
    Courses available with online training
    Courses available with online training
  2. You may see the term “your facilitator” referenced occasionally in the course content or during course activities. Please note – you will not be assigned a facilitator for any of the online courses, nor receive feedback (due to resources available). The courses are offered for your personal exploration only. We do encourage you, however, to perform the tasks suggested to receive the full benefit of the learning from the course. You will be enrolled in the courses as a student.
  3. Edit Mode
    Edit Mode
    You may occasionally see a course referred to as a “Developmental Course”. For University of Windsor instructors, when you log into blackboard, you will see a Sandbox site instead, named BBSB-MON-Version#: Blackboard Sandbox for "your uwinid" (see image above) listed among your courses. This site is to be used as your Developmental Course and can be used for all of your Blackboard training (both online and face-to-face session). In your Sandbox site, you are enrolled as an instructor. Ensure you are in "Edit Mode" to have the full functionality as an instructor available (click thumbnail image to expand). If you are in "Student View" you won't be able to make changes to the site. If your Sandbox site is missing, please submit a service request at to ask for one.

Feedback and Support

Finding Your Course Sites

Finding Blackboard Courses
Finding Blackboard Courses

Note that you will also have a Sandbox that you can use to experiment and practice with before building in your actual courses, as well as an Introduction to Blackboard course where you can learn more about how to work with this new system.

From now on, all of your academic course sites will be automatically generated as soon as the course exists in the SIS and you are identified as the instructor of record. Students will also be enrolled automatically as they register. The course will be set to be unavailable to students until you make the site active (see below).

Practice Course

Some of the online training courses feature an additional course available to you called the “Practice Course.” If you’ve enrolled in a course where this extra course is mentioned, one will be assigned to you. The Practice Course contains a collection of sample student data for you to act on in various exercises throughout the courses. You will be enrolled as an instructor in this course. If it is not available, and your course requires it, please email to get one set up.

Blackboard Help Version
Blackboard Help Version
Additionally, self-help learning articles and videos are available at Select the correct version of help. Click the thumbnail image to expand and see how to select the correct version for Blackboard Help.

Tools to help you transition from CLEW and use Blackboard

Set Site to be Available
Set Site to be Available

CLEW Import Tool

Export to eGrade



Training to help you successfully launch your courses will be available throughout the year in the following formats:

Online Courses

Perfect for faculty who are comfortable navigating an online course, and who prefer to work in their own time, these online courses are self-paced, just in time learning modules that can provide in-depth training on a wide range of tools

Face-to-Face Workshops

Designed to provide an overview of Blackboard and a brief orientation to its tools and features, these workshops will get you started in the Blackboard environment. Some Saturday sessions are also provided for those who are not available during the week. Please note: there are limited spots for the face-to-face training sessions, so register now to avoid missing your chance.

Faculty Specific Workshops

Faculty Specific Workshops Designed to provide a more customized experience that addresses common issues in your Faculty, these introductory workshops will get you started using Blackboard tools and features. If your Faculty doesn’t appear in the list, workshops may already have occurred. Further Faculty specific workshops can be set up upon request by contacting

Cool Features in Blackboard

Some options that are included with Blackboard will help streamline your teaching, and provide additional features for student learning. These topics are covered in some of the online courses where you see bold text below: Blackboard Learn has:

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